Abu Dhabi Ports, EGA open dedicated container freight station at Khalifa Port
Emirates Global Aluminium and Abu Dhabi Ports have opened a facility, which will reduce trucking of EGA’s aluminium within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) by over 290,000 kilometres per year, reducing costs and environmental emissions.
The new container freight station will be used to load metal into containers for transfer onto ships for export. It has been purpose built by Abu Dhabi Ports close to EGA’s Al Taweelah site to reduce the trucking distance for each consignment by approximately 17 kilometres.
EGA and Abu Dhabi Ports open dedicated container freight station at Khalifa Port
Last year EGA shipped some 600,000 tonnes of aluminium from Khalifa Port, requiring over 17,000 truck movements from EGA’s site to the quayside. Total emissions savings from shortening the journey to waiting ships are expected to be over 2,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, which is similar to removing some 450 cars from the UAE’s roads.
Commenting on the new facility, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports, said, “At Abu Dhabi Ports, we strive to support our customers’ logistical and operational requirements through careful and forward planning of infrastructure. We are making every effort to enhance logistics efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by reducing the distance of trucks transporting aluminium from Emirates International Aluminium to the quayside, which adds value both commercially and environmentally. Our efforts to reduce environmental footprint coincide with the UAE target to reduce carbon emissions.”
EGA exports its metal to customers in more than 60 countries around the world, using 20 different shipping lines to ship to over 70 global ports. EGA’s aluminium is the biggest made-in-the-UAE export after oil and gas.
Journey times from the UAE’s central geographic location average 25 days to southern Europe, 25 to 30 days to destinations in Asia, and 40 days to North America, enabling just in time deliveries.
EGA’s Al Taweelah smelter is one of the largest single site aluminium smelters in the world. EGA also operates a power station at Al Taweelah to generate the electricity it needs for its operations. EGA’s Al Taweelah site covers an area the size of 555 football fields or five times the size of Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi.